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Student initiative brings safe drinking water to local school

12 March 2018

Through the Academy's service programme, a reverse osmosis water purifier plant was inaugurated at Mammidpalli’s Zilla Parishad High School on Wednesday, 7th March. The plant will provide potable water to over 500 students of the ZPHS and the Mandal Parishad Primary School.

The water problem was identified by a team of grade 8 students and students from the Global Encounters (GE) program, a summer camp held annually at the Academy for teenagers from around the world. The funds for the plant were raised as part of a Service and Action project by the same team, and two years later, now in grade 10, these students finally achieved what they had set out to solve. 

“Service allows the community to thrive, grow stronger and be united,” said Anahita Aman of grade 10. “It is about giving back to society, and actually helping others, without expecting anything in return.”

CAS coordinator, Mr. Venkat Reddy, was proud of the work students had done, from taking initiative to seeing the project through. He was also appreciative of the IB program. “The IB curriculum teaches students the importance of developing community awareness and concern for those around us,” he says, “and helps students develop the skills needed to make an effective contribution to society.”

Mr.Venkat thanks the students, staff and admin who made the water plant possible, and also thanks Mr. Chandra Mohan Reddy, the principal of ZPHS. A special note of gratitude to Aamir Bana, a GE student who brought in significant contributions. Students and Mr. Venkat expressed their happiness at bringing safe water to students at the government school.